1. KSRTC Name Case: After 7-year Long Battle, Kerala Wins Trademark Dispute Against Karnataka

After seven years of legal battle, the KSRTC tag, which is recognizable to the residents of both Karnataka and Kerala, will now be used exclusively by Kerala. One of the country’s oldest and best-run public transportation systems, The Kerala Road Transport Corporation has finally obtained exclusive legal rights to its trademark KSRTC, the logo of two elephants and the term “Ana Vandi” connected with it after what was a very lengthy judicial battle over the monopoly of the term. Kerala’s claim was accepted by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trade Marks, which is part of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry on Wednesday, June 3, 2021, making it the sole custodian of the trademark.

2. Tesla files brand trademark for a new super-charging restaurant chain

American company Tesla has reportedly filed for 3 new trademarks including the company’s name, ‘Tesla’, the company’s stylized ‘Tesla’ as well as the recognizable ‘T’ logo. Unlike its previous trademarks, the applications are intended to cover the categories of “restaurant services, pop-up restaurant services, self-service restaurant services, take-out restaurant services” hinting at a company expansion. The speculations were fueled by Elon Musk’s 2018 ruminations about opening an “old-school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in Los Angeles.”

3. Amazon and other companies with retail websites escaped claims brought by tech company SpeedTrack Inc that they infringed its patent

In SpeedTrack Inc. v. Amazon.com Inc., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, [No. 20-1573]. Amazon.com Inc and 17 other companies with retail websites escaped claims brought by tech company SpeedTrack Inc that they infringed its patent covering improved data organization and search functions, fending off an appeal at the Federal Circuit. The inventors who applied for the patent specified during the patent application process that it didn’t cover the features that the companies allegedly infringed, U.S. Circuit Judge Sharon Prost wrote for a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. SpeedTrack sued several companies that operate retail websites in California federal court in 2009 for allegedly infringing the patent with their search functions. The parties agreed to pause the case for over six years until the end of related cases brought by SpeedTrack against Walmart and Office Depot.

4. SCOTUS to review H&M’s 9th Circuit win in a copyright dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal of a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that allowed H&M Hennes & Mauritz LP to escape a ruling that it infringed Unicolors Inc’s copyright based on inaccuracies in the fabric company’s copyright application. The Court will weigh in on Unicolors Inc v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz LP, U.S. Supreme Court, [No. 20-915] to decide whether the 9th Circuit correctly determined that evidence of fraud isn’t required before invalidating a copyright registration based on inaccurate information in an application, a decision that Unicolors says created a circuit split and countered Congressional intent. H&M argued after trial and on appeal that Unicolors’ copyright registration was invalid because it included the design in an application for a single registration of 31 copyrights, but knew that the designs weren’t a “single unit”  because they had been sold at different times.

5. CAFC Says PTAB Nonobviousness Finding of Remote Pharmacy Claims Not Supported By Evidence

The Federal Circuit issued a precedential decision in Becton, Dickinson and Co. v. Baxter Corp. Englewood in which the appellate court overturned a decision by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) finding nonobviousness in Baxter’s patent claims covering telepharmacy systems for preparing patient-specific doses. The Federal Circuit found that the PTAB’s determinations that certain claim limitations were not taught by prior art asserted by Becton, Dickinson and Co. were not supported by substantial evidence.

6. Engineering student gets copyright for biodegradable face shield design which costs just Rs 15

Mohan Aditya, a student from SRM University, AP studying in the Mechanical Engineering branch has been granted a copyright for the innovation of a biodegradable face shield. The application was filed on the face shield under IPR on 16th May 2020 with the Indian Patent Office located in Kolkata, India. The copyright was granted for the ‘Face Shield for Humans’ with design application number 329364001. Similar to normal face shields, this face shield is also made of plastic and serves as the outer defence to the mucous membranes. The innovation comes with the visor that is transparent which is made out of a thin layer of 175-micron reusable plastic and a highly durable headband made from 3 ply corrugated cardboard.

7. Spices Research Institute Gets Patent for Pepper Micronutrient Formulation

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) has received a patent for black pepper micronutrient foliar formulation. A press release said here on Thursday that it was in 2013 that the institute submitted an application for a patent to the patent office under the Central government. The technology has been licensed to seven entrepreneurs on a non-exclusive basis for commercial production. More entrepreneurs are likely to apply for a technology licence for the patented product. ICAR-IISR has developed crop-specific designer micronutrient foliar formulations for major spices (black pepper, ginger, turmeric, and cardamom) to overcome micronutrient deficiencies and to meet the physiological and metabolic requirements of spice crops. The patent was issued for black pepper-specific micronutrient formulation, and it was developed by a team of scientists, including Dr. V. Srinivasan, Dr. R. Dinesh, and Dr. S. Hamza. The micronutrient mixture for black pepper has been designed to fulfil the requirements of the black pepper crop by maintaining the optimal ratio of secondary micronutrients like magnesium, zinc and boron in the leaf. The crop-specific micronutrient formulation is recommended for black pepper as a foliar spray during spike initiation with the onset of the monsoon and afterwards at monthly intervals.

8. Yezdi Roadking Trademark Filed

Back in November 2018, Classic Legends had announced that it was working on a Yezdi comeback. A government website now reveals that the company has filed for a trademark for the Roadking name and the yezdiroadking.com URL. While the trademark still hasn’t been passed, it reveals part of the revival plan. A few months ago, what looked like a Jawa-powered scrambler was spotted in action. While it featured an identical radiator and engine head design, the lower casing had the distinctive Yezdi stripes. While Classic Legends did a remarkable job at recreating the old-school Jawas’ visual appeal, it looks like their approach is slightly different with the Yezdi brand. The spy shots reveal that the company is going for a modern-day scrambler, featuring a narrow, short tail, a tyre hugger, tall handlebar and a flat seat. However, the test mule did not appear to be close to production-ready, which means a lot could change by the time it makes it to production.

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